My regular readers know that I love Lego. I have nearly a million bricks in the Snoring Room Closet, and I even carry around a Lego Wallet everyday. It’s a vintage style velcro wallet. A yellow nylon with a lego print on the fabric, and it folds in thirds and then closes with a velcro strip. It was cool in the 1980’s and now as a Dad, it is SUPER cool. I got it as a father’s day gift from my kiddo, and I treasure it.
Obviously I keep my money and ID in it. Some cash, a few credit cards, and some other essential items. I take it with me everywhere I go. One other unusual I item I keep in it is a Tile I got from a colleague about a year ago. This isn’t a decorator tile, or ceramic tile, but a little piece of technology that kept me from loosing my wallet at the Happiest Place on Earth.
A few months ago, right before school started, we took a family trip to Disneyland for a long weekend, and to end our summer vacation. We had a blast! We rode all the rides (Pirates of the Caribbean is my favorite), saw all the shows – Fantasmic was awesome, and ate all the food. It was a blast, and is something we will probably do again next year.
We happened to find ourselves in Frontierland around dinnertime, and since we were on vacation, decided to eat at the Golden Horseshoe Resort. It’s a family friendly place with Chicken nuggets for the kid, a salad for me, and a kids meal power pack for my wife. They all sat at a table listening to the live Dixieland music while I stood in line and ordered at the counter.
I took out my wallet, paid for the meal, and the food came literally instantly. I picked up the tray, and took it to the table my family had saved for me. What I didn’t take was my wallet, which I left on the counter by the register with all my money, cards, and everything else. Totally didn’t realize it was gone.
When I did realize it was gone we had left the restaurant, and were heading up to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The kiddo wanted something else to drink, and I reached in my pocket and had that sinking feeling in my stomach when I knew that my wallet wasn’t there.
I literally freaked out.
Right there in Frontierland.
Then I remembered that I had a Tile in the wallet.
The Tile is a little sensor (I’m not sure how to describe it). It’s white, and about 1 inch square, and pretty thin.
What is so cool about it is if it is within 100 feet of my iPhone, I can use a special App to make the Tile make a loud sound. If it is farther away than 100 feet then there is a little map that displays the last place the phone and tile were together.
I pulled out my iPhone and launched the app. Immediately it came up with a screen showing the last place the Wallet Tile was seen (I’ve since added another Tile to my Car Keys). The map showed that my wallet wasn’t within 100 feet, but was nearby.
So using my phone, we began to walk towards the blue dot. As we got closer and closer I realized my wallet was still inside the restaurant.
I’m sure you can feel my sense of relief when I walked into the restaurant, used the feature to ring the Tile, and faintly heard the sound coming from behind the counter near the cash registers. One of the cast members saw it sitting there, and put it in a safe place, hoping I would come back for it, before turning it in to lost and found. I went up to the counter and had to ask if anyone had seen my wallet. They asked if I could describe it, and I did. It is very distinctive, and you know.
Everything was still in there – Driver’s license, Credit cards, and even all the cash. I offered some to the worker for keeping my wallet safe but they politely declined.
Anyway, without the Tile, I know my wallet would have been gone forever. Our trip to Disneyland wouldn’t have been as fun, that’s for sure. Now because of Tile, it is a great story, and something that I hope I never have to use again, but know I can if I need to.